Present and future of the Internet Content Curation

Curation is already becoming an overused word. The way in which we discover content that we like and how it gets in front of us is changing radically durign the last years. We descrived the Internet Curator´s role in our Blog post on April 2011 as someone who seek on the web information related to a specific domain, filter them, select them, organise and present them. In few months the Curation is adopting new roles and different Curation pillars have been descrived:

1. Algorithmic curation:- We see stuff because a technological process interprets, anticipates, or predicts our needs. Obvious examples include Google personalising search results through what else it knows about us, or serving ads based on the context of the content that surrounds them, or Facebook Edgerank interpreting which content out of all that which is posted by our connections is important to us, and Amazon recommending products to us based on what it knows about our purchase history and that of thousands of others.
2. Professional curation:- we see stuff because a skilled editor or commisioner uses their insight into a particular audience to determine what might interest us. It’s the granddaddy of curation and there remains huge value in this.
3. Social curation:- we see stuff because we, our friends, or a wider audience think it’s good/relevant. Social curation has been around for years (tagging and voting on social bookmarking services, ranking by ratings, Twitter lists, Google+ circles). But the applications are becoming more sophisticated all the time. The Guardian Zeitgiest prototype for example, combines social analytics (how many people shared specific pieces of content across the site, or commented) with web analytics (referrals, how many people have looked at it/read it) to create « a visual record of what people are currently finding interesting on at the moment ». [Source: Only dead fish]

What will be the future of the Content Curation?Are we approaching to the semantic web or Web 3.0?

Related information: New internet job : Curator.

New internet job : Curator.

A new internet job appears and develops each day: the Curator !
The name Curator comes from the English designation for the museum specialist who cares for individual parts of a museum’s collections.

The Internet Curator’s role is to seek on the web information related to a specific domain, filter them, select them, organise and present them. The objective is to obtain information from the whole word, to qualify this information and to share it with other people. This activity is close to the internet watch brief, with an added objective to share and distribute the information for a team.

Since a few months Curator has become a trendy word on the internet, announcing for some a new revolution in web information management.

More and more information is available on the net, social networks, blogs, websites…. Sourcing the web (identification of pertinent sources) is not easy. The Curator offers guidance in this.

Till now, sorting information on the web has been done mainly by search engines through algorythms. But only the first pages of search results are read. With the appearance of Curators, data is not automatically assembled, but selected by humans who understand what they do and are able to qualify the information.

This activity is not totally new, Internet watch has been known from many years. Tools have now improved and have changed the job. According to Guillaume Decugis, founder of « one of the objectives of curation is the wish and the need to share and contribute to the web. More than a job it is a passion. The curators want to improve knowledge on a specific topic that is dear to their heart and facilitate access to content by others ».

Source : (in French) by Gabrielle Denis